Football: FAS responds to LionsXII's dismissal from Malaysian football

LionsXII's Shahdan Sulaiman (second from left) celebrates with teammates during the Malaysian Cup match on Oct 17, 2015.
LionsXII's Shahdan Sulaiman (second from left) celebrates with teammates during the Malaysian Cup match on Oct 17, 2015. ST PHOTO: MARK CHEONG

The Football Association of Malaysia announced on Tuesday that Singapore's LionsXII will no longer take part in Malaysian football competitions after having featured for four seasons. 

In response, the Football Association of Singapore released the following statement on Wednesday evening:

"Following a series of discussions over the past one year - with the most recent meeting held in Kuala Lumpur earlier this month - the Football Association of Malaysia (FAM) informed us earlier this evening that they would not renew the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which was signed in 2011.

"We agree with the FAM that the collaboration between both Associations during the past few years has been successful.

 

"One of the key components of the MOU is the participation of a team in each other's leagues. Following the expiry of the MOU, the LionsXII and Harimau Muda will no longer participate in the Malaysian Super League and S.League respectively from 2016 onwards.

"Our immediate priority is to assist the LionsXII players and backroom staff and we will be meeting them over the next few days."